We care for our seniors and the family pets.
At Luxcare we are pet owners and pet lovers. For elderly pet owners, who often live alone or in group facilities, pets can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase social interaction and physical activity and help them learn. Research has shown a new pet can stimulate someone to read up on an animal or breed, which can be very mentally stimulating and important at that age. Pets provide other intangibles. “Dogs—and other pets—live very much in the here and now. They don’t worry about tomorrow. And tomorrow can be very scary for an older person. By having an animal with that sense of now, it tends to rub off on people. Pets benefit, too, particularly when older folks adopt older pets. “These lucky pets go from the pound to paradise. Since most of the adopters are retired, they have lots of time to devote to a previously unwanted pet.
While the primary benefits to animals are obvious – to place them in loving homes and keep them from being destroyed – the benefits to elderly persons are ten-fold (versus non-pet owners).
-Pets lower blood pressure and pulse rate
-21% fewer visits to the doctor
-Easier to make friends (enhanced social opportunities)
-Seniors become more active
-Pets offer affection and unconditional love-Pets ease loss of a loved one
-Pets fight loneliness
-Seniors take better care of themselves
-Sense of security
In 1980, a clinical research project at Brooklyn College, New York, studied heart-disease patients after their discharge from the hospital. Dr. Erika Friedmann, Ph.D., professor of health and nutrition sciences at the College, tracked each survivor, studying their medical histories, lifestyles, families, relationships – every documentable detail. Co-researcher Dr. Aaron Katcher, M.D., reported:
“The presence of a pet was the strongest social predictor of survival…not just for lonely or depressed people, but everyone – independent of marital status and access to social support from human beings.”
Do you need some help with your precious and dear pets? We can help! Let us care for them while you’re away or not feeling well. We can feed them, bath them, take your dog for a healthy walk, clean the cat’s litter box and so much more. For more information please call: 250 590-1689